Safety and Prevention

Conversations about the legalization of marijuana are taking place in households all over the country right now. No matter how you feel about the topic, it’s important for parents to understand what any increased availability of marijuana products can mean for › Continue Reading

Fall is here and that means it’s time to start prepping our yards for the colder weather. At our house, that means fertilizing the lawn and having the house sprayed for those pesky bugs that like to come inside to › Continue Reading

As parents, we could spend all of our days and nights worrying about our kids’ safety and the potential things that may harm them. One of the ways I think we can put our minds at ease, at least somewhat, › Continue Reading

It’s back-to-school season and, for parents, that means crossing items off your school prep checklist. Once you’ve had a chance to mentally prepare your child for school and just before snapping that adorable “first day” photo, reserve time to have › Continue Reading

August is National Breastfeeding Month, and I would like to help raise awareness for mothers needing better access to breastfeeding resources in the workplace. In Cincinnati we have much room for improvement. Allow me to explain. The disparity in breastfeeding statistics › Continue Reading

  Summer is filled with opportunities for good, old fashioned fun. For every adventure awaiting your daughter or son in the great outdoors, there are important safety measures for parents to keep in mind. While it’s impossible to child-proof every › Continue Reading

If you know me, you may notice that my life seems to have a recurring theme of nines. Until the age of nine, I was a perfectly healthy child; taking dance classes and playing in the local soccer league. But, › Continue Reading

Many people are surprised to find out that their car seats have an expiration date. This date may vary by car seat manufacturer, but every child safety seat will expire at some point, and shouldn’t be used past that expiration › Continue Reading

Growing up you may have heard the saying, “leaves of three, let them be.” It’s an easy way to remember how to recognize poison ivy or oak plants – and it’s an important thing to teach kids as they’re exploring › Continue Reading

This is my and my daughter’s second year participating in Patiently Made, and we love it. Patiently Made started last year as a way to have patients, staff and members of the Patient and Family Advisory Council create artwork for › Continue Reading

All kids deserve great childhoods and all #greatchildhoods begin with great parenting. While no method of parenting is perfect, taking a positive and loving approach from birth is a step in the right direction. Positive parenting helps foster the healthy › Continue Reading

Finding the right car seat for your child can be a daunting process. It can be even more difficult when your child has special behavioral or physical needs. But there is good news; you’re not alone. Whatever challenges you and › Continue Reading

When the topic of child abuse and neglect makes headlines, it’s usually for all the wrong reasons. That is until April each year when the national conversation surrounding this topic turns to something more positive – prevention. April is reserved › Continue Reading

In many ways, prematurity is a mystery to both clinicians and researchers alike. For a long time, it was seen as unpredictable and inevitable. Over the last few decades, medical and research communities have focused their efforts on bettering the › Continue Reading

Make your own pinwheels as a fun spring or summer activity. You can also display your creations in honor of National Child Abuse Prevention Awareness month each April. We tested out a do-it-yourself pinwheel craft we found online. It’s fun and › Continue Reading

By now, many parents have probably heard about the allergy study that was published in the New England Journal of Medicine, suggesting the early introduction of peanut protein decreased the frequency of the development of peanut allergies. The validity of › Continue Reading

As many parents can probably attest, giving medications to kids can be challenging. For some kids, the medication is yucky and they refuse to take it. From the parent perspective, giving the proper dose can be tricky, especially when it’s › Continue Reading

With help from the news media, the measles exposure at Disneyland in California has given healthcare professionals a renewed opportunity to share information about measles with parents of the children for whom we care. The full scope of the illness › Continue Reading

Brrr — you know it’s cold outside when schools are canceling classes and your Facebook friends are posting pictures of thermometers. With the arctic-like temperatures outside, families are likely doing everything they can to keep warm – both inside their › Continue Reading

The holidays mean something a little bit different for everyone, but for me, it’s the time of year in which I step up my button battery awareness efforts into high gear. My youngest son, Emmett, swallowed a button battery four › Continue Reading

Baby, it is cold outside and keeping your babies warm when you’re out and about is incredibly important. But, this is also the time of year that too many young children are riding in their car seats with heavy coats › Continue Reading

Working at the Drug and Poison Information Center (DPIC), I answer a lot of questions from callers about accidental exposures to harmful substances. One particular danger that I would like to warn parents about is accidental alcohol ingestion. Because we receive on › Continue Reading

Each influenza season is different from the last because the viruses that circulate change from year to year and immunity from season to season is not long lasting. Vaccines are prepared each year based on predictions and mathematical models of › Continue Reading

The issue of prescription drug abuse in the United States has been well documented. What might be surprising for some parents, however, is how common adolescents misuse prescription medications and/or believe that they can safely experiment with them. The statistics › Continue Reading

Today is Global Hand Washing Day. As the name suggests, it’s a world-wide campaign to raise awareness about the importance of washing hands with soap.   Sounds pretty straight-forward, right? But according to a study done by Michigan State University and published › Continue Reading